Garda fears trial will not go ahead because of tech problems at Letterkenny Court

A leading Garda has said he is concerned a leading criminal trial cannot go ahead – unless audio visual equipment at a local courthouse is working properly.

Detective Garda James Frayne is involved in an upcoming trial during which CCTV evidence will have to be given.

However Detective Frayne revealed that he is concerned about the capability of the the sophisticated technology at Letterkenny Courthouse.

Garda Frayne told a sitting of Milford District Court that the equipment needs to be working properly or the trial cannot go ahead.

Solicitors revealed an hour of CCTV footage will have to be viewed during the trial.

Leading local solicitor Frank Dorrian, who is involved in the case, said he believes different CCTV systems have various security codes which need to be sorted before they can be shown.

Judge Kelly said he will look into the matter.

Only weeks ago it was revealed that the state-of-the-art technology was to be used to host video evidence by prisoners from Portlaoise Prison.

The video conference would save thousands of euro to the taxpayer in transporting prisoners to Donegal where they have to be escorted by two prison officers on the 260 mile round trip.